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K.F. Patil Unity in Diversity Award for Best Documentary Short

The best documentary short award category includes Indian and International documentary short films which are under 50 minutes, completed after January 1, 2017 and having their Mumbai Premiere at KASHISH. It carries a cash prize of Rs 10,000 sponsored by the K.F. Patil Charitable Trust. Winners are also awarded a trophy, a gift hamper and a free 2 day HD shooting kit (camera, mike and one light) sponsored by Accord Equips.

Thursday May 24 / 10.45am / Liberty Carnival Cinemas
16 min / 2017 / USA / English
Dir: Matt Wolf


Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s Bayard adopted his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle to obtain the legal protections of marriage. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and a time when gay marriage was inconceivable. He reflects on the little known phenomena of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.

Thursday May 24 / 10.45am / Liberty Carnival Cinemas
34 min / 2017 / Switzerland / English, Swiss German
Dirs: Nina Oppliger, Nadia Lanfranchi, Corinne Pfister


Eleven years ago, a mob tried to kill Okey and his boyfriend in their hometown in Nigeria. They only narrowly escape death – yet Switzerland doesn’t grant Okey asylum. Caught between the constant fear of deportation and the hope for a safe life, Okey shares his inner strife.

Friday May 25 / 10.45am / Liberty Carnival Cinemas
14 min / 2017 / USA, Russia / English
Dirs: Wes Hurley, Nathan M Miller


An autobiographical short documentary about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order-bride mom and their adventurous escape to America.

Thursday May 24 / 10.45am / Liberty Carnival Cinemas
THE RED TREE (Original Title: L’albero Rosso)
20 min / 2018 / Ireland, Italy, USA / Italian
Dir: Paul Rowley

Red Tree

A short documentary about the little known history of Italian queer men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini’s Fascist regime. In the film, an elderly man returns to the island of San Domino where 60 years before, during the Fascist era, he was imprisoned with hundreds of other men for being queer.

Thursday May 24 / 10.45am / Liberty Carnival Cinemas
25 min / 2018 / India / Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Panjabi
Dir: Anindya Das

Zara Nazar Utha Ke Dekho

This documentary juxtaposes personal narratives of cruising from the LGBTQ community against visuals of Indian public spaces like cinema halls, toilets, parks and stations. Through the stories emerge the different facets and complexities of urban cruising – one of the most dominant ways of finding sexual/romantic partners for the LGBTQ community in India.

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